Northwest Indian College Foundation

building people, building nations

aka NWICF   |   Bellingham, WA   |
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Northwest Indian College Foundation

EIN: 94-3057654

This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.


The Lummi value of “lengesot” means that we take care of ourselves, watch out for ourselves, and love and take care of one another. This is a good way to describe the Northwest Indian College Foundation (NWICF). The purpose of the Northwest Indian College Foundation is to bring together interested friends of the college who are dedicated to the advancement of Northwest Indian College (NWIC) on Reservation educational opportunities and the improvement of the quality of life on Reservations. Northwest Indian College Foundation is dedicated addressing the financial gap of Northwest Indian College students and to helping the college empower Tribal nations by empowering their members through education.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Barbara J. Lewis (Lummi)

Main address

2522 Kwina Rd

Bellingham, WA 98226 USA

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Subject area info

Traditional knowledge

Undergraduate education

Business education

Social work education

Environmental studies

Population served info


Alaskan Natives

First Nations of Canada

American Indians

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Annual Scholarship Program

The main reason Native students do not complete their education is due to the financial hardships associated with getting their degree. FAFSA data indicates that 90% of the NW Indian College’s student body are dependent on financial aid and scholarships. Any unexpected financial challenges can potentially tip the scales and cause students to discontinue their education.

The Scholarship Program helps students overcome funding inequity to higher education. Scholarships support student success and allow students to focus on academics and increase the likelihood of staying in school, ultimately improving their employment opportunities. The College serves 1,200 students annually from over 90 different Tribal nations, primarily from Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. About 62% of students are First Generation; 55% are caring for children; 74% are female; and 53% attending college on a full-time basis.

Population(s) Served
Alaskan Natives
American Indians
First Nations of Canada
Low-income people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Northwest Indian College Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 52.47 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Northwest Indian College Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Northwest Indian College Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Northwest Indian College Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Northwest Indian College Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $762,175 -$1,066,039 -$243,512 $121,752 $1,330,940
As % of expenses 106.8% -93.2% -32.1% 21.8% 286.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $762,175 -$1,066,039 -$243,512 $121,752 $1,330,940
As % of expenses 106.8% -93.2% -32.1% 21.8% 286.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) -$144,924 $1,734,441 $968,697 $964,508 $1,352,551
Total revenue, % change over prior year -158.2% -1296.8% -44.1% -0.4% 40.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -86.7% 78.1% 38.8% 23.4% 59.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions -59.4% 21.9% 61.2% 76.6% 40.8%
Other revenue 246.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $713,761 $1,143,546 $758,909 $558,451 $464,072
Total expenses, % change over prior year 27.7% 60.2% -33.6% -26.4% -16.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 10.2% 42.0% 51.5% 45.8% 44.5%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 84.3% 50.8% 39.7% 42.8% 51.8%
All other expenses 5.5% 7.2% 8.8% 11.4% 3.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $713,761 $1,143,546 $758,909 $558,451 $464,072
One month of savings $59,480 $95,296 $63,242 $46,538 $38,673
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $773,241 $1,238,842 $822,151 $604,989 $502,745

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 9.1 4.2 6.9 18.1 54.2
Months of cash and investments 103.1 66.6 101.7 157.5 197.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -5.8 -14.8 -26.2 -33.0 -5.2
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $542,260 $397,089 $434,419 $842,155 $2,097,917
Investments $5,588,468 $5,953,475 $5,996,956 $6,488,354 $5,527,936
Receivables $0 $202 $0 $6,675 -$42,929
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $212,975 $212,975 $212,975 $212,975 $212,975
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 4.7% 4.7% 4.7% 4.7% 4.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 6.5% 2.8% 1.7% 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets -$143,141 -$1,209,180 -$1,452,692 -$1,330,940 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $4,865,397 $5,755,603 $6,319,690 $7,161,608 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,579,775 $1,579,775 $1,579,775 $1,579,775 N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,445,172 $7,335,378 $7,899,465 $8,741,383 $7,778,497
Total net assets $6,302,031 $6,126,198 $6,446,773 $7,410,443 $7,778,497

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Ms. Barbara J. Lewis (Lummi)

Ms. Lewis has served at Northwest Indian College for over seven years as faculty and as the Public Information Officer, and is dedicated to bringing tribal and community partners together. She holds a master’s of science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University, and a bachelor’s of arts in English from Central Washington University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Northwest Indian College Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Northwest Indian College Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2023
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Board chair

Henry Cagey (Lummi)

Linda Long-Weaver

Julie Johnson (Lummi)

Jim Thomas (Tlingit)

Justin Guillory (Nez Perce)

Laural Ballew (Swinomish)

Joe Finkbonner (Lummi)

Phillip Hillaire (Lummi)

William Jones (Lummi)

RoseMary LaClair (Nooksack)

Candice Wilson (Lummi)

Patricia Whitefoot (Yakama)

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/08/2023

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.